Tuesday, July 31, 2012

HIghland Fling


All this week come help Highland celebrate their annual Highland Fling.

  • Hit the splash pad on Wednesday, August 1 for Kids Night from 6:30 to 8:00.  Face painting, a fun run, a bike race, even a balloon artist will be there for the evening.   
  • Friday, August 3 head down to the North Utah County Equestrian Park for the Play Day Rodeo. Go on a Rock Race, a Candy Hunt or play musical tires.  Sign up starts at 4:00 pm. 
  • Saturday August 4, check out the Grand Parade at 10:00 am. The parade route starts at Highland Elementary and ends at Heritage Park. 
  • That afternoon head Mt. Ridge Jr. High to watch the BMX Stunt Team show off their stuff. Shows begins at 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30.
  • At 1:30 Saturday afternoon, be at the Jr. High to be cooled off by the Fire Department Spray.
  • And don't miss the fireworks show that night at 10:00 at Heritage Park. 

Monday, July 30, 2012

The Best of August

It's almost August. The last month of summer. And for some, not even a whole month.  The frantic school shopping, followed by the frantic rush to get in those last few fun activities.  Here is a list to get you going and to make the last month the most memorable.


1. Clark Planetarium: Passage to Pangaea- Friday August 3 the Clark Planetarium will be premiering their newest IMAX film, and you have a chance to take your kids for free. Every child who sculpts a dinosaur and brings it to Clark Planetarium by 10:45 that morning will receive free admission to the movie.

2. August is the month of City Days.  Midvale, Alpine, Salem, Lindon, Highland and Payson are all hosting their city celebrations this month. Which means, your pick of parades, park activities and fireworks shows.  If you're bored on a Saturday night, chances are that there are fireworks going off somewhere.

3.  August is also the month of the farmer's market. The valley is bursting with farmer's markets for the next couple of months.  Although the produce at the market is not free, the atmosphere and typically games and events for kids are. You never know what you're going to find at your local market from petting zoo's to face painting.  Check out markets in South Jordan, Millcreek, Gardner Village,  Downtown Salt Lake, Provo, Thanksgiving Point, and Park City and more.

4.  Cool Air Concert Series - If you're looking for a fun way to beat the heat, be sure to check out Snowbird's Cool Air Concert Series on their plaza deck.  The last two concerts of the series will be held August 4 and August 11, each beginning at 6:00. Bring a picnic dinner, some chairs and a blanket and enjoy the local music.

5. South Jordan International Days: With the Olympics coming up, this is a great time to teach your kids about cultures from around the world.  Be sure to check out South Jordan's International Days, August 14-18.  You can attend the Opening Spectacular, or one of the country spotlight shows, featuring Costa Rica and Siberia.  For younger kids, costumed dancers and musicians from around the world will be at the South Jordan Library August 17 at 11:00 and 1:30.

6.  Kite Festival: There are few things more mesmerizing than dozens of kites flying through the air.  Which is why I will be at Daybreak's Kite Festival at SoDa Row on August 18. There will be kite demonstrations, exhibitions and activities such as face painting, crafts and games as well as performances by local ethnic groups. Kids can show off their kite in the Kids Kite Parade.


7. Ferragosto Italian Fair: Another great opportunity to teach your kids about other ethnicities will be at the Ferragosto Italian Street Fair, August 18. The festival celebrates the traditional Italian arts & crafts, music, dance and delicious food of the Italian communities living in the Salt Lake Valley.


8. South American Festival: Your family will be well traveled by the end of the summer, especially if you attend Bountiful's South American Festival on August 24-25. Ten countries will be represented at the festival, so enjoy the South American foods, folklore, music, dance and share friendship with people from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Venezuela, Uruguay, Bolivia, Paraguay and Ecuador.


9. Frontier Bank Community Concert: Another opportunity to hear some great music under the open sky is at Deer Valley Amphitheatre on August 22, from 6-8. Come hear the Detonators. bring a cooler full of snacks and dance the night away.




10. Davis County Fair: If you are a County Fair lover, the Davis County Fair is one you don't want to miss. Pony rides, science discovery, live music and diving dogs. For my children, a day in heaven. August 15 to 18 a the Legacy Events Center. Don't miss it!


For even more free events happening all month long, be sure to follow Fabulously Free Utah and check our Events Calendar for a full list.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Olympic Fever!

olympics party

Are you as excited as I am about the London Olympics?  I cannot wait.  I don't know what it is, but there is something incredible about the Olympics and I have loved it since I was a kid.  If you want to get into the spirit, why not head to the Olympic Park in Park City and be a part of the London Olympic Celebration. All day tomorrow, the park will have kids's games, British Cuisine, bounce houses and free face painting!  And that is in addition to all of the great features that the Olympic Park already boasts.

And don't forget to watch the opening ceremonies tonight!  You know we will be!

If you go: 
Utah Olympic Park 
Saturday, July 28
12:00 noon to 5:00
3419 Olympic Parkway 
Park City, Utah 84098

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

BYU Museum of Modern Art Family Workshops

utah county art exhibit

If you are going to be in Utah County over the weekend you might want to check out BYU's Museum of Modern Art Family Workshops.  These activities, appropriate for kids ages 4-10, uses all five senses to help kids and their parents learn and understand more about art.

Every Saturday of the month, families are guided through the current exhibition, followed by a fun, hands on art activity.  Registration is required, and there are two available sessions:
Session 1: 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Session 2: 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Registration opens on the first of the month for classes held the following month.  For example, register now for classes in August.  To register you can contact Krisanne Hastings at 801-422-5323 or email at krisanne_hastings@byu.edu.

This would be a fantastic homeschool field trip, or really, just a fun way to spend Saturday morning.

Monday, July 23, 2012

This Week at the Library


With all the craziness of summer, I hope you haven't forgotten about all the great things happening at libraries all over the valley.  If your children have jumped on the dreaded "I'm Bored" train, just remember that there is probably something going on at a library somewhere that will keep you kids entertained for a little while.
Here is a taste of just a few things going on this week at your local library:

July 23: Story time with the Salt Lake Bees, Kearns Library, ages 6-12, 10:00 to 10:45
              Storywalk, Herriman Library, 10:00 to 10:15
              Meet a Salt Lake Bee!, Sandy Library, up to age 12, 11:00 to 12:00
              Monday Funday Storytime, Hunter Library, 11:00 to 12:00 and 2:00 to 3:00
              Family Game Night, Kearns Library, 6:30 to 8:30
              Ready, Race, Lego!, Bingham Creek Library, 7:00 to 8:00
July 25: Drop In Story time, Tyler Library, 10:30 to 11:00
              Moon Sand Kids activity, Kearns Library, 2:00 to 3:00
              Sidewalk Chalk Art, West Valley Library, 2:00 to 3:30
              Wacky Wednesday: Rule the World, Sandy Library, 2:00 to 3:00
              Wednesday Craft for Kids at Riverside-Day Library, 4:00 to 5:00
              Wild for Kids, Kearns Library, ages 5-12, 4:00 to 5:00
              Concerts by the Creek, Anderson-Foothill Library, 7:00
July 26: Little Dreamers Playtime, Hunter Library, babies, 10:30 to 10:55
              Little Dreamers Storytime, West Jordan Library, newborn to 24 mo., 10:30 to 11:30
              Dream time for Kids, Hunter Library, 11:00 to 12:00
              The Emperor's New Clothes Puppet Show, Sandy Library, 10:30 to 11:00
              Fondue Party for Teens, Sandy Library, ages 10 to 16, 3:00 to 4:15
             So you want to be an astronaut?, Salt Lake Main Branch, 2:00 to 3:00
              Family Board Game Night, Millcreek Library, 5:00 to 8:00
              Japanese Floating Lanterns, Herriman Library, ages 12-18 (registration required) 6:00 to 8:00
July 27: The Emperor's New Clothes Puppet Show, Sandy Library, 10:30 to 11:00 
              Movie Matinee: Wall-E, Bingham Creek Library, 2:00 to 4:00 
             Friday Afternoon Movies, Salt Lake Main Branch, 3:00 to 5:00
              Dream Big with Science, Draper Library, 4:00 to 5:00
              Star Party, Herriman Library, 8:00 to 10:00

All listed events are on our Event Calendar, or check out the Salt Lake County Library page for even more ideas.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Pioneer Day Free Activities


The great thing about Pioneer Days is that it lasts for days and days!  No matter where you live there is something going on this weekend and on Pioneer Day.  So, no excuses!  Get out there and have a blast!

American Fork Steel Days: July 18 to 21.  Celebrate the pioneers with a free swim day at the American Fork Fitness Center, July 18; a Children's Parade, July 20; a movie at the park, July 20; and some serious fireworks!

Bountiful Handcart Days:  July 20 to 21. Beginning with the Grand Parade on Friday night, celebrate the handcart pioneers with activities at the park, tours of historical sites around town, and a great fireworks display Friday night.

Spanish Fork Fiesta Days: July 19 to 24. If you're in Utah County, be sure to stop by the Spanish Fork celebration at City Park. Everything from a duck race, to a street dance, to the children's parade, there is definitely something for everyone.  Don't miss the Grand Parade or the fireworks display, both on the 24th.

American West Heritage Pioneer Festival: July 21.  If there is anything you have ever wanted to know about life as a pioneer, this is a great opportunity to experience it first hand.  Learn how to milk a cow, build a fire with flint and steel and even hypnotize a chicken. Seriously.  Events begin at 10:00 and go all day until 4:00.

Western Day at Utah Olympic Park: July 21, 2:00 to 5:00.  Grab you western garb and head up to Utah Olympic Park for a fun filled Saturday! BBQ, Live Music, Kids Activities, in addition to our rides and activities


First Encampment Hike: July 24, 7:00 am. During this family-oriented event, you can walk in the footsteps of the 1847 pioneers following Emigration Creek through Salt Lake City neighborhoods. Protective weaponry used and foods prepared during the era will be demonstrated.
The hike begins at Donner Park (2770 East and 990 South, east of Hogle Zoo) and ends at First Encampment Park (1700 South and 500 East). The hike is five miles long. Families are encouraged to participate and wagons and strollers for children are welcome. Bring your own water.

Mapleton Pioneer Day Celebration: July 24.  If you're near Mapleton on the 24th, you can find something to do all day long. You can start with a Patriotic Ceremony at 6:30, followed by the parade at 9:00 and a day full of activities at the park. In the evening don't miss the live entertainment or the fireworks show.  

Provo Pioneer Day Extravaganza: July 24. Held at the North Park (500 W. 500 N.).  Come learn all about the pioneers.  There will be a pioneer village, and Indian village and a Mountain Man encampment to tour, in addition to games and crafts. And if you have the best pioneer costume, you might just win a prize!

Sunrise Service: July 24, 7:00 am. The Pioneer Chapter of the Sons of Utah Pioneers will present a Sunrise Service honoring Utah’s pioneers. The program features the Tabernacle organist and several hundred voices in choirs from around the valley.  A keynote speaker will deliver an inspirational message.  The Service will be held in the Tabernacle on Temple Square. 


Days of '47 Parade:  July 24, 9:00.  Pioneer Day just wouldn't be complete without the parade.  The parade route starts at South Temple and State Street running east to 200 East, turns south to 900 South, then turns east to Liberty Park at 600 East.  Colorful floats, bands, horses, clowns and other entries thrill thousands of spectators each year. Many families camp out on the streets the night before to ensure a great seat to catch it all the following morning. We encourage you to join us for a wonderful morning of excitement and colorful entries in our much-loved Parade.

Native American Celebration: July 24, Liberty Park. Bring your family and friends and celebrate with us. Participate in the  Arts & Crafts displays and other activities throughout the day. When you're hungry, delicious cultural food will be available at the Food Court from 7:00 AM until 10:00 PM.


Red Butte Garden: July 24. In honor of Pioneer Day, Red Butte Garden will open it's doors for free from 9:00 to 5:00 on July 24.  Take advantage of this one: Red Butte is incredible!  And don't forget to bring a few towels.  The children's garden  has a splash pad and you know they won't be able to resist!  



Liberty Park Fireworks:  July 24, 10:00pm.  End the fantastic day on a high note and watch the gorgeous fireworks at Liberty Park.  


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Utah State Fair Prep, 2012

free fair activities

I know, the State Fair (Sept. 6-16) is not free.  Which is a total bummer. (But you can get free tickets for your kids, if you HURRY!)  But, the State Fair website has some great resources if you're planning on going anyway. There is a printable student workbook that you can download and learn a little bit more about the Fair and have fun with activity sheets and quizzes about the state of Utah.  Along with the  Student Workbook there is a Blue Ribbon student contest that is completely free. Students fulfill the requirements (listed in the workbook) and return the entry form with the printable, postage paid form.

If you're not planning on attending the fair, this would still be a fun activity to do with your kids on a rainy day.  You can print the workbook and find more info about the fair on the Utah State Fair website.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Radio Disney Days


Today at the Gallivan Center, make sure to catch the Radio Disney Days hosted by 910 AM. Your kids will enjoy prizes, Disney Dancers, face painters, a bounce house, a train, and other cool stuff just for them. It might be hot, but they will have the time of their lives!


If you Go:
July 17
11:00 to 2:00
Gallivan Center

Monday, July 16, 2012

Float Preview Party


This is one of our favorite things to do in the summer.  The Float Parade Party at South Town Expo Center.  That way you get to see all the amazing floats without the inconvenience of sitting out in the hot sun. Instead you get to walk through the air conditioned room and admire all the hard work of the participants. Plus!  Face painting!  Balloon animals!  And the best part: It's all free!  

If you go: 
July 16-17
11:00 am to 9:00 pm
South Towne Expo Center


Friday, July 13, 2012

Taking the weekend off!

free things to do in utah with kids

This weekend is a big one for me.  I will officially be OLD!  And I'm planning to live it up all weekend long!  So, get out there and have some extra free fun for me.  See you Monday! 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Pioneer Festival, Cache County


It's a little ways north, but if you've got time head up to Wellsville for the Pioneer Festival at The American West Heritage Center.  You will get the chance to step back in time right into a a Shoshone encampment, a mountain man/fur trader camp, pioneer family settlement, and a 1917 farm. If you have ever wanted to milk cows, learn woodcarving, and learn the way of the mountain man you must go.  This is a great chance to give your kids an even greater appreciation of the history of their home.   


Wellsville is about 90 minutes north of Salt Lake, only a few minutes from Logan, so it's a bit of a trip, but if you love the Old West, you might just want to take the jaunt.  

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

More Free Date Nights!

free concert series

All Summer long, Snowbird hosts a free concert series on their Plaza Deck.  Lots of local bands in the cool air of the canyon make for a beautiful evening!  The rest of the summer, the schedule is as follows.

July 14 – Tinsley Ellis

July 21 – The Quick and Easy Boys
July 28 – Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
August 4 – Cash’d Out
August 11 – Natural Roots

The show starts at 6:00 Friday nights.  Bring a cooler with a picnic for dinner, and maybe a blanket to snuggle up!  

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Payson Scottish Festival

free things to do in Utah with kids
If you've got some Scottish heritage, and even if you don't, be sure to check out the Payson Scottish Festival this weekend, July 13-14.  The event begins Friday evening with food and entertainment at Memorial Park, and continues Saturday with Highland Athletics, Bagpipe and Drum competitions, and Highland Dancing.   Bring your kids, come watch some amazing athletics and tap your toes with the Scottish dancers.  Almost as good as a weekend trip to Brave.  

Monday, July 9, 2012

FREE! Utah Splash Pads

Have you noticed how hot it is?  Seriously, seriously hot. I don't know about you, but all I want to do in the heat is jump in the water. . .  and so do my kids.  Rather than paying the steep price for the pool, why not hit a local splash pad for free!

Salt Lake County

free splash pads utah
parks in utah

Utah County


Weber County
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Now, go get wet!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Days of '47 Family Fun Day

utah state fairpark

Want to win Best mom in the world award?  Just take your kids to the Days of 47 Family Fun Day at the Utah State Fair Park.  From 10:00 to 5:00 on Saturday, July 7, head downtown to learn more about Utah's heritage and maybe even create a family tradition.   

While you are there you can wander through the Art Garden, watch a magic show, play carnival games, watch pioneer demonstrations, and even get a sneak peek of The Days of '47 Rodeo.  You can meet some of the rodeo staff and even some of the animals.  While you're there, you might as well learn how to rope a cow!

There will be plenty of food vendors throughout the park, but you might just want to bring your lunch with you and settle down for a picnic.  

IF YOU GO: 
Saturday, July 7, 2012
10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Utah State Fairpark
North Temple and 1100 West
Free Parking and Admission

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Tom Petty Fans Rejoice!

The July Rooftop concert series. This weekend.  All Tom Petty.  Date night is in the bag. 


July 6, 2012
8:00 pm
Provo Town Square Parking Terrace Rooftop

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Stuff to do on the 4th of July

Don't ever let anyone tell you there is nothing to do in Utah on the 4th of July!

UPDATE: All fireworks displays at Park City resorts have been cancelled due to fire danger.

Park City 4th of July Celebration 
Start with a 7:00 am Pancake Breakfast in City Park, work it off at the Cole Sport 5k Fun Run.  And then all day at City Park participate in Rugby games, live music, BBQ.  At 11:00 hit the Famous 4th of July Parade with over 70 floats celebrating Park City's history including the Air Force Fly Over.  For kids, check out the 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm Celebration in City Park full of food, live music, beer garden, games and children's activities.  As for entertainment, don't miss Motherload Canyon Band,Austin Wolfe/Mere Image, The Codi Jordan Band, Sin City Soul.  Then, don't miss the fireworks at Park City Mountain Resort. 

Sandy City Celebration  
Everything from a Flag raising to a 10k.  From 10:00 am to 2:00 pm check out the Youth Arts Festival. If you have a budding police officer on your hands, check out the Sandy Police activities at the South Towne Promenade, including K9 Demonstrations and Sandy SWAT.  If they are more firefighter inclinded, check out the Family Fire Safety Trailer or check out the Life Flight Helicopter from 2:00 to 4:00.  And all day long check out the inflatables and kids activities.  Lots and lots of live entertainment, all topped off by a fireworks display, beginning at 10:00.


If you're in Lehi, check out the fireworks at Thanksgiving Point.  Gates to Electric Park will open at 5 pm, Wednesday, July 4, 2012 and fireworks begin at 10 pm.

Something to do all day in West Jordan!  Catch the parade at 10:30 a.m. on Redwood Road from 7000 South to 7800 South, where it turns west and finishes at 2200 West. Then head to the Carnival at the park for rides, games, fair food. Admission is free. Tickets required for rides. The day will be full of Entertainment including the WJ Band, New Fiddlers, WJ Youth Theatre, Chad & Kristo, Jagertown. At 9 p.m. catch the movie in the Park – “Zookeeper."  And stay for the 10 p.m. Fireworks Extravaganza.


Murray Fun Days 
If you are a parade lover, you have your pick!  Murray Fun Days parade begins at 8:30 am and goes from  6100 South on State Street going north to Vine Street.  Turn right at Vine Street down to 330 East Vine to Murray Park Entrance, turn right into Murray Park and through Murray Park and conclude at the west end of the park.  

SLC Festival at Jordan Park 

Salt Lake City's Independence Day Celebration - a tradition on SLC's west-side. Salt Lake City's annual 4th of July celebration will celebrate Independence Day in style with FIREWORKS!As always it will be a patriotic neighborhood party on Salt Lake City's west-side.



 Holladay Fun Festival
The Holladay Fun Festival begins with a Children's Parade at 8:30 am which begins at Pine Park  (2120 E 4500 S).  We invite everyone to come out to the 4th of July events.  Spectators are welcomed and encouraged at the bike race, it really is amazing to watch.  If possible please plan to walk or ride your bikes to the 4th of July events. 2300 E will be limited to northbound traffic only from 9:30am-3:00pm.  Holladay Boulevard between Laney Avenue and 4500 South will be closed for the Bike Criterium and for the evening Fireworks display, which will begin at 10:10 pm. 


Provo Freedom Festival: Colonial Days

From the hands of Johannes Gutenberg to the inspiring works of Benjamin Franklin, you'll experience what true freedom of the press really means. All activities are free and open to the public. Enjoy all the activities this Patriotic event has to offer at the Colonial Days. Enjoy a youth theater concert and Historical presentations. Experience the history of printing with the world’s only complete working replica of Gutenberg Press. See the colonial way of living.





Provo Freedom Festival: Balloon Fest 
More than 25,000 spectators will have the opportunity to experience 25 of these magical giants close-up as part of the ever popular Balloon Fest. Featurin this year Darth Vader balloon. Balloons will be flying each morning from 6:30am-8:00 am, July 2, 3 and 4. The event offers families and children the privilege of walking around the balloons as they inflate. Keeping in the tradition of the Balloon Fest, pilots will again participate in the Hare and the Hound competition where "hound" balloons try to drop bean bags onto a target laid out by the "hare." They can obtain additional points through jousting as they attempt to pop large balloons with sharp sticks 200 to 300 feet above the ground. Top pilots from around the nation come to compete in this unique and difficult event.



Sugarhouse arts festival 
The event features live music, food vendors, a children's area, and, of course, a variety of arts and crafts booths. The even runs from 11:00 to 7 pm at 2100 S. Highland Drive.


Sugarhouse Fireworks
Beginning at noon, vendors will set up in Sugarhouse park, along with an inflatable playground. Live music begins at 4:00 and runs all day until 9:30, and the Fireworks display begins at 10:00.




Canyons Celebration (July 3)
The Canyons has a huge celebration planned for the 3rd.  The Cabriolet lift opens at 9:00 and runs all day and the Gondola runs after 3:00.  The Kid's Bike Parade begins at 3:30. Decorate your bicycle (and yourself!) with red, white and blue flair to celebrate with a mini-parade in the Resort Village. Please meet in front of Canyons H.R. office to participate. Led by Murdock the Moose, the route will run around the pavement circle in the Resort Village and pass by The Farm and Grand Summit Hotel, finishing at the Orange Bubble Express chair lift.   


From 4:00 to 7:00 there will be face painting and carnival games in the Resort Village, followed by a magician at 5:00.  The Soulistics show will begin at 7:30 on the Mountain Stage.  The fireworks display will begin at 9:30.   Blankets, picnics and chairs are allowed starting at 3:00pm. Low back chairs are allowed, but camping chairs, chairs with sharp legs and chairs with greater height than 9” are not allowed. Chairs meeting the height requirements are available for purchase at Canyon Mountain Sports.



Sunday, July 1, 2012

Kids Eat Free!

ikea kids eat free

Starting today, July 1 and going through the 4th, Kids 12 and under eat free all day at IKEA.  It is limited to one meal per child, per visit, but no adult meal or purchase is required.  This offer is only good for the kids meal options.  But hey, free food and fun shopping!  I love IKEA!



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